I’m sure we’ve all met some dogs in our life time with the biggest Desi names! It has been a tradition in the South Asian culture for centuries, that we tend to choose Desi names for our dogs to honor and celebrate our culture and heritage. It’s such a special way to extend the culture […]Read more
Random Acts of Kindness Day: The world could do with more ‘Seva’
Random Acts of Kindness Day is a day to celebrate the power of kindness and encourage people to spread positivity throughout the world. ‘Seva’ is an ancient Sanskrit term that means selfless service. It is the act of selfless giving without expecting anything in return. It is an expression of love and compassion for the […]Read more
Sex and Contraception: A DESI Shame
It’s a cold Monday morning. The GP’s office is dark, grey, damp. There is an awkward silence whilst the Dr (usually a man – fabulous I know) slaps his keyboard violently. The sound echoes through the confined office. You question if you should make small talk… “Um-…” Abruptly he says, “Right… Miss… So, clears his […]Read more
Cheap and Convenient Punjabi Recipes for Uni Students!
As a 20-year-old university student, in my third year of not living at home, you’d think I’d be pretty independent right? Well, since I have been living at home during lockdown I have had a lot, and I mean a lot of time to reflect on how I have lived at university. It’s no secret […]Read more
Are we losing our culture by not knowing our mother tongue?
It was all too common being laughed at when I had mispronounced a Punjabi word or getting my grammar jumbled up. It wasn’t just a snigger it was a humiliating roar from everyone in the room. Enough to put anyone off trying. So I did. Tired of being humiliated, tired of being laughed at, yet […]Read more
Why do British Asian women feel contraception shamed?
Let’s talk about sex, baby When it comes to taboo subjects within the Asian community, sex is right up there with the likes of interfaith marriage, divorce and homosexuality; to name just a few. We can all agree that the topic of contraception is rarely, if at all, discussed within Asian households or within the […]Read more
Desi Parents & their Career Expectations: From Law to Fashion.
FYI: This blog is based on a friend who wants to remain anonymous. Originally I wanted to pursue a career in law as an intellectual property barrister, but now plans have changed… I want to go into fashion! Yes, a huge paradigm shift in regards to Asian career choices, formerly made by Mummy Ji/Daddy Ji. […]Read more
Pink Ladoo – Eradicating South Asian Gender Bias
What is the Pink Ladoo Project? The Pink Ladoo Project – a campaign tackling the problem of gender inequality within the South Asian community. Its aim is to eradicate gender-biased South Asian practices, customs, and traditions. “We want people to change the way they react to the birth of a girl. We want girls to […]Read more
Turning 25 – Amani’s 25th Birthday Revelation
5 Twenty – Five Such an significant age right? A quarter of a century. It’s the end of an era, but the beginning of a whole new one! You’re no longer a young adult? Like come on, it’s you’re final year to use your 18-25 rail card, your old enough for a smear test (yes […]Read more
India: 70 years on from Partition
2017 marks 70 years since the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan. Around 15 million people were uprooted from their homes in the largest migration known to human history. We caught up with poet Rupinder Kaur 15th August (the anniversary date of Partition), as someone who is passionate about the subject, here’s what […]Read more
Murdered by my Father – Review
Honour killings are an unbelievably tragic topic to most of us. When I say unbelievable, I really mean UNBELIEVABLE. Trying to get my head around how there are people out there, who care so much about family honour, that they would destroy their own family because of it, is unfathomable to me. 12,000 cases of […]Read more